Cloud Storage versus Hardware Servers
Companies need an organized method of storing information. Traditionally, this has been done with hardware servers, but with the recent rise of remote servers, known collectively as “the Cloud,” traditions are changing. The Cloud offers an innovative hub that can increase the effectiveness of a company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
The Cloud does this by offering:
Speed and Productivity
The Cloud offers a level of agility that hardware servers can’t. For example, the Cloud can automate time-consuming tasks like invoicing and payroll. It also allows multiple employees to access information simultaneously as well as in real time. Edited information is available immediately and, because the servers are remote, they can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.
Security and Protection
The Cloud goes beyond nightly auto backups. It offers data protection by using its own generators – which continue to run, even during power outages – as well as servers that can run even if a component fails. When combined with sharing platforms like Google Drive, lost data is almost a non-entity. Lastly, the Cloud is currently upgrading its security to create a better buffer against potential hacking.
Companies, anticipating growth, often invest in more servers than they need at any given time. With the Cloud, businesses only pay for the server space they’re currently using – but have the option of upgrading at any time. This means fewer upfront costs and ensures that money is never wasted on unnecessary equipment. In addition, businesses that utilize the Cloud don’t have to hire an internal IT team, saving money on employee salaries, and can expect a lower electricity bill, as they don’t have to run servers 24/7. According to bplans.com, in fact, the U.S. General Services Administration cut their energy use by a whopping 90 percent when they went to the Cloud.
These are only three examples of how using the Cloud can benefit a company – to learn more, please contact Mantralogix. We are always here to help.